Help Employees Learn, Grow and Succeed with Employee Success Plans

Findings from a recent Deloitte Global Millennial Survey found that nearly a third of millennials left their current position due to lack of learning and development opportunities. When companies take the time to develop their employees it’s a win for everyone. Employees obtain more skills, the company gets better results and employee engagement improves.  Unfortunately many Read More …

5 Leadership Must-Haves to Engage Employees

60 articles Employee engagement has been proven to boost individual, team and operational performance resulting in higher productivity, better customer engagement, fewer accidents, better retention and higher profitability. Results from the GALLUP 2018 State of the American Workplace Survey indicates that only 34% of employees are engaged. Given the strong evidence that employee engagement matters, why Read More …

What Are You Doing Here?

If you step outside of your office and ask one of your employees “What are you doing here?” most would say “working.” Some may offer additional information that describes their task or job. “I’m programming the materials database” or “I’m completing a new service order.” If you are really bold, you might ask this question: “Given the Read More …

The Power of a Handwritten Note

For most leaders, making in through the day is like being caught up in a whirlwind. Between meetings, projects, deadlines, emails and the latest crisis, it’s easy to forget about the good stuff that is happening and the employees that make it so. Acknowledging good work is just as important as returning a call from the CEO. If Read More …

Change? It’s Personal.

Change, even on a good day, is difficult. If it wasn’t I’d be wearing a size 6 suit. Change in the workplace is no easier. As companies look to reinvent themselves to meet the challenges of the future, change is inevitable. Whether expanding a business, restructuring an offering or just improving an existing product, it will require Read More …

Making Change? Here’s the One Thing You Can’t Buy

Keeping up in today’s changing world requires a constant eye on the market, technology and your customers. Companies also must have the ability to quickly adapt to new ways of doing business as new skills, new processes and new technology can pave the way to success.  Many companies look to consultants that have a proven track Read More …

Set Big Goals

What are you going to accomplish this year?  When asked to set goals, most people think about what they believe is possible to accomplish and in most cases they already have an idea of how to get there.  But this is the type of thinking that can impose arbitrary  constraints on what can really be achieved.  In general, people want Read More …

Engagement + Productivity = High Performance

Productivity drivers provide the foundation for success by making sure there is a work structure, trained and skilled employees, and processes to get the work done.  Technology and innovation enables the organization to move forward and compensation structures provide incentives and can facilitate increased productivity. Engagement drivers connect the company with its employees.   A compelling Read More …

Are You Using the Sink or Swim Approach to Developing Leaders?

Of course everyone will respond “no” to this question but the truth is that it happens more often than you think. In many cases when a new supervisor steps into their first formal leadership role there may be all kinds of issues lurking that require his or her attention.  There could be a discipline issue, an FMLA case, grievances to address, teamwork dysfunction, disgruntled employees, etc.  Read More …

Effective Leaders Build Trust

A recent article in Forbes cited research that indicated 45% of employees say “lack of trust in leadership is the biggest issue in work performance.”  Building trust is an essential part of being an effective leader. Trust facilitates a work environment where people are not afraid to express their ideas. It enables people to support a leader’s decision even though they might have reservations. Read More …